KINGSTON: World and Olympic double sprint champion and world record-holder Usain Bolt will not compete in this weekend’s Jamaican National Track and Field Championships. Ludlow Watts, Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) treasurer and chairman of the meet organizing committee, said Monday that Bolt is not down to run in the meet. “He is not entered,” Watts told a Jamaican television station. Bolt’s manager had issued a statement saying that the superstar sprinter’s next meet would be in Paris on July 8, but many athletics fans believed Bolt might make an appearance at his homeland’s national meet. Bolt won both 100m and 200m titles in world-record runs, 9.58 seconds in the 100 and 19.19 seconds in the 200, at the last IAAF World Championships staged two years ago in Berlin.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 22nd, 2011.